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Next SD Tweetup will be charged up with Lights Out

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Though it’s lain dormant since February, the next San Diego Tweetup is coming at us like a linebacker–an outside linebacker, to be exact. Expected to attend is San Diego Charger #56 Shawne Merriman, who will share his Twitter experiences in an on-site interview with SD Tweetup organizer Jenn Van Grove. It’s all happening Thursday, June 25 at 7:30PM at Stingaree in the Gaslamp.

There should be record attendance at this event. The first SD Tweetup happened in March 2008 and attracted about 30 people. The last one, held at Wine Cabana in Old Town, had over 200. As of today, more than 300 had RSVP’d at the SD Tweetup page on meetup.com.

If you want to attend, be sure to RSVP at the website above, get there early, and come armed with a Twitter account and a device to tweet from. If you don’t want to fight the crowd, consider tuning in to Jenn’s interview with Merriman on UStream.

Merriman has been giving away VIP seating near the interview. If you’re not afraid to be up close with the big guy, send a tweet with “VIP seating” and the tags #lightsout56 and #sdtweetup in it. Shawne will pick 3 winners a day until the event. More instructions are here. (Full disclosure: I won one of these seats and will be tweeting like mad from it!)

See you there, SDTweetuppers and Charger fans!

San Diego Tweetup went to The Price is Right

@DowntownRob, Drew Carey and @thepegisin (photo courtesy @brooklynhilary)

@DowntownRob, Drew Carey and @thepegisin (photo courtesy @brooklynhilary)

Jenn Van Grove (@jbruin on Twitter) is known for her innovative ideas, but this one was a doozy. The organizer of the popular San Diego Tweetup decided that the time was right for sdtweetup folks to win some big prizes, so she arranged for a group to be at the December 11th taping of The Price is Right.

About 20 of us started the drive up to CBS Television City before dawn, but with L.A. traffic, we barely made it into the audience on time. Once seated, imagine my shock when I got called to “come on down”! (Okay, I’d been campaigning for it like Barack Obama, and getting tips from Jenn’s brother, a past winner – but still, wow!)

The episode just aired today, so I can finally reveal what I won – a treadmill and $1,000. I actually spun $1.00 on the wheel in one go, putting me in the Showcase Showdown! That was thrilling. When they revealed the showcases, I nearly died laughing – one of them had a SEGWAY! What am I, Gob from Arrested Development? “Come on!”

A very deserving Marine named John won the Showdown, but my group and I got a memorable experience, and it didn’t end there. After the show we walked over to the nearby Saddle Ranch restaurant for lunch, discovered Drew Carey was lunching there also, and bought him a beer. He was really down-to-earth and personable and took a picture with @DowntownRob and me.

And today when the show aired, I got 100+ new followers. I should tell them about the San Diego Metblog!

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